Monday, 18 February 2013


Michael Stephens, stage name Ruggedman, born on September 20 (year unidentified) in Ohafia, Abia State, is a Nigerian rapper. A graduate of political science from Lagos State University, Ọ̀jọ́, Ruggedman started exploring music in 1989. He produced his own songs and released two tracks in 1991,
both which were well-played on the air. Ruggedman launched himself into the music industry in 1999, eventually becoming the most featured rapper in Nigeria. His albums are all released on his personal label, Rugged Records. Ruggedman has performed worldwide alongside international acts like KC & Jojo, Guru, Sean Paul, Wyclef Jean, Akon, Wayne Wonder, Ja Rule, Kevin Little, Maxie Priest, Kanye West, LL Cool J, T-Pain, Nas, and Nelly. He has also worked with and featured many Nigerian and international artists on his albums, including Tuface Idibia, P'Square, 9ice, Flavour, Josh (from The Tatu Clan of Congo), MI, Ice Prince, JJC Skillz, Jamaican Stylo G, Niyola, George Nathaniel, Morell, Da Grin (RIP), Chinaydu, Terry G, and Funbi.

Ruggedman's record label, Rugged Records, signed its first act, singer MBRYO, in September 2012. MBRYO was featured on Ruggedman's “Ruggedy Baba pt 2,″ produced by Blaize Beatz. Money Making Music, Ruggedman's 2012 album, is a collaboration with MBRYO as part of a promotion for the new artiste with guest appearances by Terry G and Funbi.

Ruggedman has hosted the prestigious NB Plc sponsored Star Quest Reality TV Talent Show in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and anchored the MTN Project Fame Official Press Media Launch in 2008 and 2009.
Ruggedman is also working on a clothing line called "20th Sept" Wear, named after his birthday.


  • Thy Album Come (2004)
  • Ruggedy Baba (2007)
  • Untouchable (2010)
  • Money Making Music (2012)


FAME Awards
  • Best New Artist (2003)
Award for Musical Excellence in Nigeria
  • Best New Artist (2003)
  • Best Solo Performance (2003)
  • Best Rap Video (2003)
  • Artist of the Year (2003)
  • Best Solo Performance (2004)
Nigerian Music Awards
  • Hip Hop Artist of the Year (2006 winner)
  • Best Rap Artist (2008 winner)
Hip Hop World Awards
  • Best Rap Album - Ruggedy Baba (2008 winner)
Nigeria Music Video Awards
  • Best Indiginous Video concept - "Ruggedy Baba" (2008 Winner)
  • Best Hip Hop Video (2012 Nominee)
KORA All Africa Music Award
  • Best Male Artist West Africa (2005 Nominee)
  • Best African Hip Hop (2008 Nominee)
  • Best Hip Hop Act (2009 Nominee)
University of Ibadan Award
  • Nigerian Rap King (2009) Award named after him
Nigerian Entertainment Awards
  • Best Solo Performance (2004)
  • Best Rap Album (2011 Nominee)
and many more lately


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